Oamaru swimmers are celebrating more success.
Six athletes — Angus Burke, Elias Fraser, Cameron Notman, Samuel Petrie, James Soal and Connor Southee — all brought home medals from, and recorded personal-best times at, the Otago Long Course Championships at Dunedin’s Moana Pool last weekend.
In the 10-years and under boys grade, Oamaru’s Angus Burke smashed the competition, winning gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke, 100m and 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley. He also won silver in the 50m breaststroke and freestyle and 200m backstroke, and bronze in the 50m butterfly.
Elias, James and Connor all competed in the 12-year-old boys grade. James won the 100m butterfly and 400m individual medley, placed second in the 200m breaststroke and freestyle and third in the 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley and 400m freestyle.
Connor was second in the 50m backstroke, third in the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle, while Elias placed third in the 50m and 100m butterfly. Cameron won bronze in the 13-year-old boys 50m and 200m backstroke.
In the 16-year-old boys grade, Samuel Petrie won bronze in the 100m backstroke and in the 100m butterfly, in which he beat his personal best by 10sec.
Oamaru Swim Club president Michelle McLean said the all-male crew supported each other and it was pleasing to see the senior swimmers stepping up to help the younger ones.
‘‘We are all so proud of each and every one of them,” McLean said.
‘‘It’s awesome to see such great PBs [personal bests] and the swimmers getting rewarded for their hard work at training.’’
The club was well represented outside of the pool as a bunch of ‘‘fabulous parents’’ stepped up to help out, she said.
Senior swimmers are now gunning to gain more qualifying times for the New Zealand Division Two Championships in Dunedin on May 8-12.
Other swimmers are focused on regional meets in Wanaka on May 1, and the Neptune Queen’s Birthday meet.